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The Packers are still number one, but things changed after that as the Ravens knocked off the 49ers on Thanksgiving, moving them into the 2 spot. The 49ers, Steelers, and Saints round out the top 5. The Houston Texans moved up from 9th to 7th with a victory on Sunday, but with Matt Leinart going down leaving T.J. Yates as their only QB they could drop down in the next few weeks.
The Falcons saw themselves crack the top 10 moving up one from 11th to 10th after a solid win over Minnesota has them nipping at the Saints heels. The big winners this week are the Ravens, Patriots, Cowboys, and Raiders. The Ravens got a great win over the 49ers to prove they are legit title contenders moving from 5th to 2nd.
The Patriots beat up the Eagles, and with an easy schedule they now have their sights on a number 1 seed. The Cowboys moved up from 10th to 8th, but with the Saints win over the Giants and the Giants playing Green Bay next they look to pull away with the NFC East and vie for a top seed.
The Raiders moved from 14th to 12th and could easily keep moving up as Carson Palmer continues to learn the offense and Michael Bush continues doing his best Darren McFadden impression. The big losers this week are the Bears, Giants, Eagles, and Chargers. The Bears dropped the furthest by far this week falling from 6th to 13th and with Caleb Hanie under center their playoff chances are dwindling.
The Giants fell from 12th to 14th losing badly to the Saints and watching their playoff chances slip away due to a rough schedule. The Eagles, while remaining in the 18th spot are big losers this week as they saw their season, which started with Super Bowl aspirations, essentially ended as the Patriots routed them at home.
The Chargers fell again this week from 20th to 22nd with their sixth straight loss and only a small hope of making the playoffs. Rounding out the bottom this week is the Vikings, Rams, and Colts. All three teams look like they’ll remain there for the rest of the season and the Colts don’t even look like an NFL team at this point.
|1 (1)||Packers||11-0||With a win over the Lions on Thanksgiving Green Bay is inching closer to an undefeated season.|
|2 (5)||Ravens||8-3||The Ravens proved they’re for real with a win over the 49ers.|
|3 (2)||49ers||9-2||Though they lost to the Ravens the 49ers should wrap up the NFC West this week and move forward toward a No.2 seed in the NFC.|
|4 (3)||Steelers||8-3||Winning six of their last seven Pittsburgh is hoping someone can beat the Ravens or they’ll fall to a Wild Card spot.|
|5 (4)||Saints||8-3||After whooping the Giants on MNF the Saints look forward to the Lions coming to town for what should be a shootout.|
|6 (7)||Patriots||8-3||The Patriots have an easy schedule the rest of the way and could end up with a 1 or 2 seed in the AFC.|
|7 (9)||Texans||8-3||They got the win, but Matt Leinart is out now as well. They turn to rookie T.J. Yates to lead the team for the rest of the season.|
|8 (10)||Cowboys||7-4||With the Giants loss Dallas now is in control of its own destiny with a favorable schedule to finish the season out.|
|9 (8)||Lions||7-4||Things didn’t go as planned on Thanksgiving, and a trip to the Superdome to play the Saints won’t make things any better.|
|10 (11)||Falcons||7-4||The offense looks to have hit its stride and the defense has stepped up as the Falcons try to keep up with the Saints.|
|11 (13)||Bengals||7-4||The Bengals still have to play Baltimore and Pittsburgh again and will have to win at least one of those to have a wildcard shot.|
|12 (14)||Raiders||7-4||Palmer is settling in and Michael Bush has filled in for McFadden nicely. The Raiders look like the AFC West favorite.|
|13 (6)||Bears||7-4||Caleb Hanie did as expected against the Raiders, and that has to worry the Bears as they vie for a playoff spot. (John Clayton ESPN)|
|14 (12)||Giants||6-5||The Giants have fallen victim to their tough schedule and next up is the Packers.|
|15 (17)||Jets||6-5||The Jets need to win out and that could be tough if they play like they did on Sunday.|
|16 (15)||Titans||6-5||Chris Johnson has been picking things up lately and the Titans are in the thick of the Wild Card race heading to Buffalo.|
|17 (16)||Broncos||6-5||The defense has been playing lights out and with an Adrian Peterson-less Vikings squad up next they should keep it going.|
|18 (18)||Eagles||4-7||With the loss to New England the Eagles nightmare season is over. Andy Reid’s tenure in Philly might be too.|
|19 (19)||Bills||5-6||The Bills can thank Stevie Johnson’s deplorable antics and lack of focus for fading from playoff contention|
|20 (21)||Buccaneers||4-7||Five consecutive defeats make the Bucs one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams this season (Mike Sando ESPN)|
|21 (22)||Chiefs||4-7||With their playoff chances dwindling the Chiefs turn to Kyle Orton to see if he can create a spark.|
|22 (20)||Chargers||4-7||4-1 to 4-7 has the Chargers on the outside looking in and Norv Turner looking for a job for next season.|
|23 (26)||Redskins||4-7||The Redskins snapped their six game skid with a win over the Seahawks|
|24 (23)||Seattle||4-7||Charlie Weithurst might be under center on Thursday after Tavaris Jackson tore his pectoral muscle.|
|25 (27)||Cardinals||4-7||The Cardinals might not have more than one victory without Patrick Peterson’s returns. (Mike Sando ESPN)|
|26 (25)||Dolphins||3-8||Would you want to play Miami right now with your season on the line? Didn’t think so.|
|27 (24)||Browns||4-7||The Browns have a lot of problems that can’t be fixed over night.|
|28 (30)||Panthers||3-8||Cam Newton has impressed all year and the Panthers are looking forward to taking a step forward next season.|
|29 (28)||Jaguars||3-8||Jack Del Rio is gone and the QB combination of Matt Leinart and T.J. Yates beat them on Sunday.|
|30 (29)||Vikings||2-9||The Vikings may not win another game all year which means they can get a good piece to build around Ponder in the draft.|
|31 (31)||Rams||2-9||The Rams have allowed 1,749 yards rushing, close to the 1,810-yard total from the entire 2010 season. (Mike Sando ESPN)|
|32 (32)||Colts||0-11||At his current rate of improvement, Curtis Painter will be serviceable by the 2042 season. (Paul Kuharsky ESPN)|
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